Come what may; I want to run - 2 Samuel 18:23
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After losing my adjunct professor gig to the pandemic in 2020, I retired early andI began playing with acrylic paint on canvass. I've been painting since July 2021. You can view some of my paintings here.
I am also an ordinary ultrarunner. I have finished eight 50 mile ultras, three 100 mile ultras, six 24-hour, 1 48-hour ultra, and one 60 hour ultra. I also ran several virtual ultras and marathons during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I began running ultras after watching Leslie Stahl interview elite world-class ultarunners Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed on 60 Minutes in 2004. I have been running ultras since 2005. Prior to running ultras, I completed nine marathons, eight half-marathons, one 10 miler, and five 5Ks. I have been running competitively since 1989. Here is my ultrasignup results page.
I am a published author, freelance writer, interviewer, and book reviewer. You can read my publications in the Writing Life tab. In my blog you'll find interviews with ultrarunners, such as Jacob Moss, Kevin Hoegler, Dean Karnazes, Camille Herron, Bart Yasso, Charlie Engle, Pamela Chapman Markle, Catra Corbett, Gene Dykes, and Peter Morgan.I write book reviews, and articles about gardening, the national parks, spirituality, cancer caregiving, and more.
I am a cancer caregiver. I have been running virtual ultrarunning events during the Covid-19 pandemic to raise money for a GoFundMe campaign I established - Ultra Care for Cancer Caregivers. To learn more about the inspiration for this campaign and to donate, visit GoFundMe - Ultra Care for Cancer Caregivers. To nominate a cancer caregiver to be a recipient of the fund, contact me.
My article, The Ascetic Life of the Ultrarunner, is published in the fall 2018 issue of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality.
I am a featured speaker in The Ultra Running Summit Series. In this online interview series hosted by Erik Bromell, I, along with other endurance athletes, including elite ultrarunners such as Ann Trason, share how we train our mind, body, and soul for endurance events, and much more.
In 2017 Ron Meyer, host of Blessed2Play, interviewed me about my ultrarunning, faith, and overcoming adversity. Click here to listen to the interview. Since then I have been interviewed on several podcasts including The Ultramarathon Mindset, Tough Girl Challenge, Talk Ultra, and many other podcasts. You can listen to all of them here.
Before retiring, I was an academic for over 30 years. I have a M.Ed. in Second Language Education, and a M.A. in Theology/Ministry. I am ABD in Christian Spirituality. I taught college academic ESL, first year writing, theology, and religious studies. I am the author of English for Pharmacy Writing and Oral Communication.
I am a freelance writer. I have been published in Women's Running Magazine, Running Competitor, Ultrarunning Magazine, Ultrarunning World., Chicken Soup for the Soul - Running for Good, How to Survive Your Freshman Year, and in other publication. You will find my articles in the Writing Life tab.
l love the outdoors and nature. My husband and I love our national parks. The National Parks link and National Park II link will take you to our hiking adventures in 24 of America's beautiful national parks, so far! I really want to be a park ranger!
In 2012, I endured an unexpected surgical error and medical nightmare which almost cost me my life. What helped me to endure this unimaginable adversity was my years of ultrarunning. I wrote about the experience in Come What May; I Want to Run: How Ultrarunning Saved my Life. You can also read about my experience and what the scholarly research says about the role of faith, spirituality, and scripture in patient healing and resiliency in my peer-reviewed article, Spirituality, Suffering, Meaning, and Healing: Research Findings and a Patient's of Overcoming a Medical Challenge, published in International Journal for Human Caring.
I am seeking an agent for my full memoir manuscript. I am training for my 30th ultra, the 2022 Loopy Looper 12-hour ultra and the Hainesport 24-hour, my 31st ultra.
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